What is your background in education?
I grew up in Cornwall and attended school in the Truro area before completing a Foundation Degree in Photography and Digital Imaging and progressing onto a BA in Applied Media, for which I achieved First Class Honours at Truro College. Through the rewarding experiences I had supporting Further Education students during my degree, I chose to study for a PGCE in 2015 and taught on Arts and Media courses at Penwith College from September 2016.
What inspired you to pursue a career in education?
My main reason for studying Photography was simply to pursue my passion and let the opportunities it provided guide me. During the final year of my degree I chose to work extensively with younger students in the college and enjoyed inspiring them and watching their ideas develop. My PGCE gave me the chance to work with students studying for a range of qualifications and whist working at Penwith College, I enjoyed inspiring and supporting students across Art and Media courses to help them have the best educational experiences possible.
What does your role involve?
My role as a Photography Lecturer involves developing the new photography department ensuring that all students have an outstanding experience, using first class equipment in a supportive and engaging environment.
Why do you think Cornwall needs Callywith College?
Callywith College is essential in ensuring that students in North and East Cornwall are able to access outstanding Further Education teaching and facilities in a convenient location.
What about working with Callywith College do you enjoy the most?
I have enjoyed establishing the Photography department as an outstanding place to study, and making it an enjoyable and supportive environment for students to pursue a subject I am extremely passionate about teaching.
When you’re not working, what is your favourite thing to do?
I enjoy all things outdoors, whether it be walking, riding my motorcycle or pursuing my own photographic practice.
What advice would you give students considering applying for Callywith College?
Visit the college and speak to as many members of staff as you can. This will help you to find out about the wide range of courses available and find the one which is most suitable for you. There is something for everyone.